Neil Barni is the founder and president of CargoSphere the single rates platform for all. Neil founded CargoSphere in 1999 with an unwavering determination to create the most innovative freight rate management and networking solution. Today, CargoSphere connects the global shipping industry with its collaborative, confidential and immediate technology platform the Rate Mesh. The company holds several U.S. Patents related to online freight negotiations.
Prior to CargoSphere, Neil served in various areas of increasing responsibility in the international logistics division of the Pepsi Cola Company and has over 20 years of international supply chain experience. During his college years, Neil spent a Semester at Sea and furthered his international studies at the University of Florence, Italy before completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr Jonathan Beard is Head of Transportation and Logistics consultancy in Asia for Arcadis - the world's leading provider of design and consultancy for natural and built assets.
Previously he was a Vice President of ICF and led the Hong Kong and China Economic & Policy Advisory Businesses. He also directed the company's Ports & Logistics Consultancy Practice and has advised on transportation policy and related infrastructure finance and development in over 25 countries.
Jonathan is currently leading a team advising the World Bank on the development of Malaysia's National Port Strategy. He also recently completed directing a major port competitiveness benchmarking exercise for Singapore and was part of the consortium assisting Victoria Treasury on the potential privatization of the Port of Melbourne and Port of Hastings. He has guided the master-planning for some of the world's largest and most successful ports, including Port Klang, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and has advised on a number of major M&As.
Jonathan has also worked extensively in the cruise, aviation and surface transportation sectors, advising on infrastructure development, competition and regulation, the application of new mobility technologies, including Hyperloop, and economic and financial impact assessments.
He holds a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University, and is a Certified Management Consultant, a Director of the HK Management Consultancies Association and a former President of the HK Institute of Management Consultants.
He is currently leading the development of a major industrial port in Southern China for a partnership of the local government and Port of Rotterdam, and is advising on the development of a cruise strategy for New South Wales, and port privatizations in Greece and Australasia.
Jonathan holds a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University.
Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Chris's career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor's in journalism from Lock Haven University.
Mr. Bill Guo joined in ICBC Leasing in 2013. He is now Executive Director of Shipping Business Unit, mainly responsible for the leasing business of the container shipping related field and VLOC ships. Before working for ICBCL, he had been working for Maersk Group for over 10 years as the management positions in different countries, with the solid knowledge in container shipping business and financial knowledge.
Born in 1962 in the Northern part of Germany, Joerg Hoppe completed his schooling in Bremen, Germany, and obtained a vocational training certificate in "International Freight Forwarding" with a global mid-sized forwarding company in 1983. In 1986, he transferred to the USA where he spent 16 years building a career in international forwarding with Hermann Ludwig (USA), Inc. and from 1990 onwards with Conterm Consolidation Services (USA), Inc. in ocean cargo consolidation.
In 2002, Joerg Hoppe accepted a Corporate Management position with Schenker AG in their global head office in Essen, Germany, from which he then moved on to Schenker's Regional head office in Singapore in 2005 in a regional Product Management role.
On August 1, 2007, Joerg Hoppe was appointed as Director and Head of Ocean Freight for Schenker China Ltd. based in Shanghai responsible for the Central China region.
As of April 1, 2014, he took additional responsibility for Schenker's larger, newly formed North/Central China region as Head of Ocean Freight.
Joerg Hoppe is a German National, married and has two children.
Parash Jain joined HSBC in 2006 and is the Head of Transport Research, Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, Parash has been directly covering the Asia marine sector (including logistics) since 2009 and is responsible for developing regional products in conjunction with other transport analysts. In his time at HSBC, he has also covered Asia small- and mid-cap companies. He is registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a bachelor's degree in commerce.
Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years on mainstream titles and business-to-business magazines. His journalism career began in 1989 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Durban, South Africa, covering the news during the turbulent end of apartheid. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong and spent two years at the South China Morning Post sports desk before joining Cargonews Asia, and then IHS Markit Maritime & Trade in 2013 to cover Asia. After 17 years in Hong Kong, Greg relocated to London in mid-2017 as Europe Editor for IHS Markit Maritime & Trade. His reporting and analysis appears on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce and often in sister publication Fairplay and its associated website. He regularly speaks to industry groups and chairs the JOC's annual TPM Asia Conference.
Inna Kuznetsova is the President and Chief Operating Officer of INTTRA, a SaaS portal for ocean shipping, processing over a quarter of all containers in global trade. As a part of this role she leads sales, marketing, product management, IT infrastructure and software development. Prior to joining INTTRA Inna was the Chief Commercial Officer, heading sales and marketing organization at $9B CEVA Logistics. Before that she spent 19 years at IBM in a variety of roles primarily focused on fast growth opportunities or turnarounds. In her last role she in IBM was the global VP, Marketing & Sales, IBM Systems Software and prior to that, he head of IBM Linux business.
Inna serves on board of Avantida (Belgium) and her prior board engagements include Sage Plc (UK, 2014-2017) and Open Virtualization Alliance (US, 2011-2012).
Inna was profiled by Forbes in Russia as the first VP of Russian origin in IBM headquarters and authored two best-selling career books in Russian.
Benjamin Lai joined Modern Terminals as Marketing Manager in 2002. He became General Manager, Operations in July 2005. In May 2010, he was promoted to Managing Director, Hong Kong overseeing the Hong Kong Business Unit. Benjamin took over the Managing Director position of DaChan Bay Terminals in May, 2012. Benjamin is also Vice Chairman of the Shenzhen Ports Association. Prior to joining Modern Terminals, Benjamin was the Director, Business Development for New World CyberBase, the IT arm of the New World Group. Benjamin also spent 6 years working in both United States and Canada for various IT companies in their business development function. Benjamin holds a Bachelor degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the United States and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Wolfgang Lehmacher is Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum. He is a global executive, consultant and entrepreneur.
Prior to joining the Forum, Wolfgang was Partner and Managing Director (China and India) at the global strategy firm CVA, also overseeing the global logistics and transportation practice. 2005 – 2010, he served as President and CEO of GeoPost Intercontinental, the global expansion vehicle of French La Poste; 1999 – 2005, as International Director GeoPost. Before this, Wolfgang held senior management positions with TNT, including Head of Eastern European and Eastern Mediterranean Regions and Country General Manager Switzerland.
Wolfgang is member of the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards Jury and the Logistikweisen, a think tank under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry BMVI. He is FT, Forbes, Fortune, BI contributor and author of books, including The Global Supply Chain – 2017 and How Logistics Shapes Our Lives – 2013 (German).
Turloch Mooney is a well-known Asia-based supply chain journalist. He was co-founder and managing director for Supply Chain Asia Publication based in Shanghai. He previously held posts at the International Air Transport Association as chief editor and secretary for the Global Compliance User Group. He holds a master’s in international studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, with specialization in international law and international trade. Turloch’s coverage of global ports, including port congestion, the impact of mega-ships, productivity, hinterland access and relevant supply chain issues appears on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce magazine and sister publications Fairplay and Fairplay.com, He also co-chairs the programming committee for the JOC’s annual TPM Asia Conference.
Mario O. Moreno is senior economist at Maritime & Trade, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, the division within IHS that also includes The Journal of Commerce and PIERS. Prior to joining the JOC he worked for independent research firm Dealogic as a fixed-income analyst and as a financial consultant for RBC Wealth Management. A frequent speaker to industry groups, Mario is lead researcher and writer for the quarterly JOC Container Forecast, the quarterly JOC Port Forecast, and the monthly JOC Insights, a multimodal, data-driven analytical newsletter. These duties combine with his special interest in forecast developing.
Alan Murphy has nine years of experience in liner shipping research, analysis and systems development, with a focus on bridging the often disparate functions of management, analysis and IT development, having extensive practical experience in all three fields.
Murphy is a sought-after consultant, advisor and speaker at industry conferences and events, providing insight and intelligence to a broad range of stakeholders in the logistics community, through quantitative research techniques, econometric modelling, and systems and database architecture development.
Murphy has a degree in business economics, and joined the global market intelligence department of Maersk Line in 2004, coming from a position as finance research analyst at Copenhagen Business School. At Maersk Line he was initially responsible for developing, implementing and managing central systems for measuring and analyzing customer satisfaction, vessel utilization, market events and internal performance.
Later, as senior analyst of Maersk Line's intelligence and analysis section, Murphy was responsible for global supply/demand modelling, long-term forecasting, market and competitor analysis, and senior management reporting. After leaving Maersk Line in 2010, he continued to support the logistics community through ARM Consulting, helping companies automate manual processes, reduce costs and increase market reach based on actionable information.
Han Ning is a Director within Drewry Maritime Advisors and Country Manager for China. She has 10 years' experience in shipping and ports sector. She joined Drewry in 2011 and worked in Drewry's Singapore office prior to Shanghai. Whilst with Drewry, she has been involved in numerous port and shipping assignments covering commercial analysis and due diligence, company strategy formulation, IPOs and investment opportunity assessments. Her global experience is extensive with project work completed in China, SE Asia, America, Africa, and Mediterranean. Prior to joining Drewry, she has worked in PSA China investment department for five years. During her time with PSA China, she was responsible for market analysis and port development strategies in different regions. She has worked on two greenfield terminals as well as some M&A transactions. She holds an MA in maritime law from Shanghai Maritime University.
With broad experience in the logistics industry, Edoardo Podestá is currently the Managing Director Air & Sea Logistics Asia Pacific, DACHSER Far East Ltd. He has held the position since January 1, 2014 and is in charge of twelve Business Areas of DACHSER's Asia Pacific Business Unit including Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, with more than 1,500 employees in 49 offices.
He was previously Managing Director at Züst Ambrosetti Far East Ltd. which was a joint venture with DACHSER. In 2003, DACHSER took full control of the company and renamed it DACHSER Far East Ltd. in June. Mr. Podestá remained in charge of the company ensuring a smooth transition.
Having held a variety of positions in Asia since 1990, Mr. Podestá has a wealth of expertise and knowledge of business practices in the region.
Originally from Chiavari, Italy, Edoardo Podestá began his career in the logistics field in Spain and the UK.
Nicolas Sartini is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the NOL Board. He oversees the global container shipping business of the NOL Group. Prior to joining NOL, Mr Sartini has been CMA CGM Group's Senior Vice President of Asia-Europe and Asia Mediterranean Lines since 2008, and was also responsible for ANL and Cheng Lie Navigation. He oversaw Asia-Europe trades since 1999 after previously serving as Vice President of the Mediterranean Express line beginning in 1993. He has been with CMA CGM for 25 years. Before joining CMA S.A., he worked with Delmas from 1985 to 1990, first as a line manager of its subsidiary, Octomar, then as director of African Island Shipping and finally as a manager in charge of the Indian Ocean line. Mr Sartini graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales business school in 1983.
Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Peter was a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world's largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.
Robbert van Trooijen is responsible for Maersk Line's activities in North Asia. He joined the Royal Nedlloyd Group in 1990 as Management Trainee in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After assignments in São Paulo (Brazil), Seoul (South Korea), and Hong Kong (China), Robbert was appointed Director, Global Network and Equipment Flow Management in P&O Nedlloyd's head office in London (United Kingdom) in 2005. Following the acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd by A.P. Moller Maersk A/S, Robbert joined Maersk Line's head office in Denmark as Vice President in charge of the Latin American Services in 2006. Early 2008 he assumed responsibility for the West and Central Asia Region, stationed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In January 2011, he assumed management of the Latin American Region, stationed in Panama City, Panama. Since July 2015, he takes over as Regional Chief Executive of North Asia. Robbert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from his native country the Netherlands. Robbert was born in 1964, is married to Sandy and together they have 4 children.
Ben Wootliff is head of Control Risks Cyber Security practice in Asia. In addition to managing cyber security projects for clients, and developing methodologies and product offerings, Ben leads the cyber security strategy for Control Risks in Asia.
Prior to this Ben was the General Manager of Control Risks Hong Kong where he had oversight of a range of investigative, crisis and security management, and political risk projects. He has also managed corporate investigations teams in Europe and Asia, including managing the corporate investigations business in Greater China and North Asia.
Before joining Control Risks he was a journalist specialising in business and finance. He has worked for numerous publications including Bloomberg News, Institutional Investor, Financial News, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Business. He has also been published in numerous other publications including the Sunday Times and Observer.
He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a bachelor's degree in modern history and political science.
Yating Xu is an Economist for the China Regional Service within IHS Economics & Country Intelligence Group, and is responsible for economic, political, and business environment analysis of China.
Before joining IHS Economics, Yating was a Statistician with China & National Bureau of Statistics & Department of National Accounts for seven years, and is responsible for GDP and national income distribution accounting. Yating is familiar with China & statistical indicators and methods.
Yating holds a Masters in Finance from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is an Economics PhD candidate at Peking University. She speaks Mandarin and English.
Wooyong Shin is Vice President of Samsung SDS, a global IT solution and service provider. He is in charge of Cello, supply chain and logistics solution and platform, in Smart Logistics Business Unit.
For the last 23 years in Samsung, the area of his expertise include supply chain planning and logistics consulting and system development. He was a visiting scholar to the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Wooyong holds MS and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University.
Mr. Gerry Yim has been the CEO of the Trustee-Manager since July 2012. He is also the Managing Director (MD) of HIT & a member of the HPH Trust (HPHT) Exco, a committee of executives that determines the strategy for HPHT. Mr Yim was the MD of the Africa, Middle East & Americas division of HPH and was employed by the HPH Group from 2003 to 2009 in various senior positions before joining Hysan Development Co. Ltd, a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of HK Ltd, in December 2009 as its Executive Director, subsequently in March 2010 as its CEO. He has also held senior positions in general management, finance, and investment banking at major organisations in HK. He is the Chairman of the Shipping & Port Operations Group of the Employers' Federation of HK and a member of the HK Maritime & Port Board.
C.K. Yoo is President & CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).
Yoo was born in Gyeongju, South Korea in 1953 and earned a B.A degree in economics from Korea University. Yoo started work at Hyundai Corporation in 1978 and joined HMM America in 1986 at the New Jersey office. For more than 10 years, Yoo built his shipping career with the company in Hong Kong and London.
Yoo's first tenure as HMM's CEO was from November 2012 to April 2014 and he served as vice chairman until October 2014. Subsequently, Yoo was appointed as the first non-government president of Incheon Port Authority, where he served from October 2014 to September 2016.
Yoo was then nominated as President & CEO of HMM in September 2016 considering his broad understanding and image as an expert in container shipping. Now, Yoo leads the company with the ambition of making a huge leap forward, focused on providing a totally reliable customer service by enhancing its manpower and productivity as national flagship carrier.